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Black List by Brad Thor
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Aug 30, 12

Read from August 09 to 28, 2012

In his novel Black List, Brad Thor's protagonist Harvath and a member of the Athena team (the all female Delta Force-type unit) are attacked. She dies and Harvath barely escapes. Without giving away too much of the plot, he goes on a mission to figure out how this happened and who was responsible.

Harvath (and another central character) are by someone or a group with a lot of technical resources are pursued and as they find more and more clues and it becomes apparent that this threat is broader than he imagined. It becomes a race to see who will find whom first.

While the story gets off to a bit of a slow smart (necessary for background and character development), Thor does a good job of both keeping the action tight and engaging and his knowledge (and use) of technology is very impressive. The novel is also disturbing (and reminiscent of an updated Orwellian tale) that is frighteningly based on existing (and to most people, unknown) technologies. The pace picks up to a very satisfying conclusion. I recommend this book to lovers of thrillers.
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